Hamilton vs. Jefferson part 2

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  • Move Capital
  • Hamilton - Strong Central Government
  • Jefferson - Strong State Governments
  • The states decided to move the capital. The south didn’t like the capital being so far north because they thought that gave the north to much power. The capital was moved to Philadelphia for ten years while they built Washington D.C over a swampy ground. They chose the new location because there was a river there, and part of Washington D.C. is in the north (Maryland) and part of Washington D.C. was in the south. (Virginia) 
  • National Bank
  • Hamilton was an innovative man who believed in building an economy of business and trade. He believed in a strong central government. He wanted to create a national bank, and have a large economy.
  • Hamilton - Loose Construction
  • Our government should have a loose construction.
  • Jefferson believed in agriculture. He knew that agriculture was reliable, and he thought that we shouldn’t be to risky. He thought that farming was the way to go, and we had relied on it for the past years.
  • Jefferson - Strict Construction
  • Our government should have a strict construction.
  • Hamilton wanted to create a national bank. He wanted all the states to be able to trade. The states valued their money differently, making it hard to trade. Jefferson thought that a National Bank violated the constitution. The government decided to limit the bank to a 20 year charter, and at the end of the charter they decided to keep it.
  • Hamilton believed that our government should be a loose construction. He thought that if a law didn’t make sense, they shouldn’t be punished for it, or should have a different punishment. If somebody robs a piece of gum, he thought that they shouldn’t be charged for robbery or theft. A lighter punishment would do like paying the money back. 
  • Jefferson believed in a strict construction. He believed that citizens should be treated exactly as the constitution states. He thought that the constitution was fair. He thought that the constitution showed people the exact laws and that they should follow them.
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